Historical fiction about the controversial Saint Jerome is given a contemporary twist. When the Pontiff commissions Jerome to translate the Bible into Latin, it is a political masterstroke set to establish Christianity as a world religion. Yet Jerome is his own worst enemy, and his famously sarcastic wit quickly alienates the ruling elite. As rumours circulate about his relations with the beautiful widow Paula, as devoted to him as she is to his cause, his enemies see their opportunity to dispose of Jerome once and for all... Includes a Foreword by Richard Johnson, Emeritus Professor of Classics, Australian National University. Joan O'Hagan is a crime writer and author of A Roman Death (Macmillan 1988). Thanks to meticulous research, a wicked imagination, and over thirty years of living in Rome, she breathes new life into an ancient saint and his world, drawing us irresistibly into a highly-charged world of danger and intrigue while reminding us to question our own values. Author's website: http://www.joahagan.com/ Industry Reviews 'This is more than a historical vel bringing alive to us an unfamiliar time and society. It is essentially a story about human hearts and minds facing challenges that, in time, confront us all.' Richard Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Classics, ANU 'Offers incredible insight into the achievements of a much maligned yet very important figure... and the women surrounding him.' Dr Mario Baghos, St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney (full review published Literature and Aesthetics, 2016) 'An insight into extraordinary times and people, and into a talented researcher and writer.' Robert Fairhead, NSW Writers' Centre Centre: http://www.nswwc.org.au/2016/04/book-review-jerome-and-his-women-by-joan-ohagan/ 'O'Hagan gives her readers a fascinating look at the man behind that controversial masterpiece' (the Vulgate). Joanna Urquhart, Historical Novel Society https://historicalvelsociety.org/reviews/jerome-his-women/ 'If you have a religious/theological interest and want to see real historical characters who are involved in those matters brought to life, this is your book. If you have limited interest in these topics... I think you might still find the characters and story presented here fascinating.' Fred Mench, Professor of Classics, Emeritus Richard Stockton University (NJ), Classical Greek and Latin Discussion Group, 2015 http://permalink.gmane.org/gmane.education.classics/63410
Joan O'Hagan was an Australian author of crime fiction. She published five novels:'Incline and Fall: The Death of Geoffrey Stretton' (Angus & Robertson, 1976)'Death and a Madonna' (Macmillan 1986, Doubleday 1987)'Against the Grain' (Macmillan 1987, Doubleday 1988, Mondadori 1988)'A Roman Death' (Macmillan 1988, Doubleday 1989, Tokyo Hawakawa Publishing 1990, Legenda 1990)'Jerome and His Women' (Black Quill Press, 2015).